Dr. Michael Opsahl

Fertility Medicine
Kirkland, WA
45 years experience male

Locations

Poma Fertility

Kirkland, WA

Address

12039 NE 128th Street, Suite 110, Kirkland, WA
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My office hours

Thursday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
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Fax

4258220172

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Cigna

First Choice Healthcare

Humana Insurance Company

Premera Blue Cross

Regence

UnitedHealthcare

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Poma Fertility’s motto is “Creating Life is Beautiful” because it expresses the combination of working together with people, science, technology and the miracle of life. I started Poma Fertility with Klaus Wiemer PhD, with the purpose of providing high quality care at an affordable price. We address the financial difficulties of accessing high tech infertility care without insurance for more people. We believe we have a solution for most people including what we believe to be the lowest regional IVF cycle prices and the best priced Refund Warranty program (PomaCare). Our practice also embraces family building for everyone including the LGBT community, single women, fertility preservation and family balancing gender selection. Our staff offers a smaller boutique-like environment where you will see your doctor, where you have 24 hour access to your medical information through a web-based HIPPA-compliant portal. We provide our services on-time with virtually no waiting. Personal Information I am an infertility specialist and board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I have practice medicine for 35 years, which has provided me with invaluable experience that I can use to assist people trying to build or expand their families. I retired after 20 years serving our Navy families in 1994. I spent 10 years with a very progressive infertility team at Genetics & IVF Institute. I helped found (with Dr Wiemer and 2 others) Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences in Kirkland WA. Dr Wiemer and I started our new clinic in Kirkland WA called Poma Fertility. Dr Wiemer and I previously achieved outstanding IVF outcomes at NCRS and we continue that tradition at Poma with a renewed emphasis on high quality outcomes, customer service, and exceptionally affordable prices to allow a wider number of people to build their family.

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Fertility Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

497 Answers
259 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Ivf is a complicated treatment and tests needed to start. Tests of egg quality (amh, fsh, afc) help predict success and pick stim protocol; sperm test... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Egg Quality: Female fertility potential is possible with blood and ultrasound testing. Egg quality is the most important factor for fertility and measuring amh, fs... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Early PG Exam: Early in pg the best way to determine the health and dates for the pg is with ultrasound (transvaginal is best). The uterus is enlarged to feel by abo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Track ovulation: Getting pregnant requires (at least) ovulation and well-timed sex. Links for tracking ovulation (http://bit.Ly/zhx3ds) which then means you can have s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
GnRh & AMH: I just answered a similar question and maybe it was yours. Decapeptyl (gnrh) suppresses FSH levels. The small antral follicles produce amh but they ar... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Several things: You can: not smoke, low alcohol, be healthy, lower stress, follow all directions carefully, go to good ivf center, ?Coq10, dhea (w direction), acupunc... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
23 & Not PG: About 90% of normal fertile couple are pregnant in 1 year and less than 1% are not pregnant by 2 years. If you are 23 then you have a great chance of ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Signs of Pregnancy: Ivf has taught us a lot about when everything happens to become pregnant. We know that the egg can be fertilized for only about 18 hours, that it impl... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Irregular periods: Irregular periods also usually means irregular ovulation. Irregular ovulation is a problem because you have fewer chances per year to get pregnant, yo... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Fertile Pathway: Be healthy - stop smoking, limit alcohol, get pre-conception testing by pcp, limit sauna and hot tubes, avoid extreme sports but regular exercise is g... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Infertile 3yrs: Less than 1% of normal couples would not be pregnant by 3yrs. We have tests to help us know why you are having trouble. Most (80%+) can achieve anothe... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Infertile 2 yrs: Less than 1% of normal fertile couples would not be pregnant after 2 yrs. Female age is the more important and your age is young so you have a great c... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Testing First: You need testing but not treatment just yet. Endometriosis is associated with infertility but these days we do not need to confirm the diagnosis to tr... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Unexplained RPL: Did you have a complete evaluation - that is always a question for me of new patients. If complete, did you have genetic analysis of the miscarriage t... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Ejaculation & Sperm: Anejaculation refers to failure to release the sperm rather than the quality of the sperm. If you have sperm in your testicles, then you can have a bi... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Lactation &fertility: When you breast feed then your prolactin hormone can prevent ovulation and menses. You will probably start ovulating and menstruating with 1-2 months ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Can I have Babies?: The best way is to try and get pregnant; of course, when you want a baby. I am not a fan of invasive or expensive tests just to see if pregnancy is po... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Possible Menopause: I agree with other answer but let me add that the symptoms could be due to other causes. Menopause is about age 51 and the symptoms start when your bo... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
No PG in 1 yr: About 90% of normal fertile couples will be pg in 1 yr. You should see a specialist for testing and treatment. We have many options for treatment and ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Blocked tube pathway: Sterilization by surgery involves blocking the tube between the gonad (organ with the sperms or eggs) and the outside. The surgery is very effective b... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
No - implantation: The morning after pill prevents implantation by changing the hormone levels in the blood and thus in the uterine lining. The uterine lining (endometri... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Fertility Drugs &BTL: The fertility drugs should not cause a problem other than the same risk of side effects as anyone else. I am not sure why you would be taking fertilit... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Predict Menses: Most women want to predict their cycles. When menses are irregular then you are probably not ovulating. Irregular cycles are normal at the beginning a... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Ovulation Process: Ovulation (release of the egg) is a complex interaction of the brain (hypothalamus), pituitary and ovary. The ovary actually controls the cycle. Fsh s... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Infertile for 3 yrs: Less than 1% of normal couples would not be pregnant by 2yrs, so there must be some problem if not pregnant yet. You need testing and likely treatment... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
PCO and Pain: The irregular cycles are called oligomenorrhea and they usually mean that you are not ovulating (releasing an egg). Pco requires 2 of 3 things: oligoo... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
PCOS & RPL: Pcos does not usually cause recurrent pregnany loss, rpl. We do see somewhat worse egg quality at ivf with pcos but still get good success rates. We h... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
In most cases: I agree with the other doctors but i will take it a bit further. Almost all bone marrow transplant patients are sterile, that is no eggs or sperm. The... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
PG after tube revers: The pg rate after tubal reversal varies based on female age, length of tubes, type of btl and other factors like sperm. In ideal situations, success i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Too old for a baby?: You are not too old at 38 to have a baby. You will not be as successful as a younger woman. We can test for your fertility potential. You have lost ab... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Infertility expense: Your financial situation is a serious problem for fertility care. Sadly, even insurance often does not cover many successful infertility treatments. M... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Next IVF time: Let me add to dr pauli's comments that we usually have a rest month after ivf. For one reason, the ovaries usually still have residual follicles and a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Super Sperm: Your sperm may already function perfectly well without vitamins. However, proactive healthy lifestyle is great. We do not have great information on th... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Maybe?: If you have any ejaculation of semen into your girlfriend then pregnancy is possible. There is sperm cells in the first part of the ejaculation. If yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Tricky Timing: Ovulation perhaps most reliably occurs 14 before the menses. Ovulation can vary by several days between cycles. The egg can be fertilized for about 18... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Implanon action: Implanon is a Progesterone contraceptive that should be effective for up to 3 years. It usually causes "abnormal bleeding". You tell us that the Impla... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Very unlikely: The term infantile uterus is not really accurate and is an old useless term. A woman could have a small uterus from not forming correctly (rare - agen... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Contraception?: Your fear is not all that unusual but there should be a solution. Use a good and effective contraceptive and you should have peace. All contraceptives... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
1-2 days: The cervical mucus becomes thin and watery to allow sperm entry into the uterus and tubes. The change is largely related to the estrogen hormone incre... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
None!: Progesterone (p4) levels are very low when we use vaginal p4 supplements after ivf. Some use intramuscular p4 but the injections are painful and most ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
10-15%: The success rate varies by age and other associated infertility factors. Studies show varied outcomes but the largest studies say about 10-15% per cyc... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Possibly, only: The low amh and low afc makes us concerned about your fertility potential so complete family asap. No afc does not necessarily mean the ovary is compl... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Diagnosis first: Many conditions cause prolonged or abnormal uterine bleeding. Your first goal is to see a specialist and get a diagnosis then you can get the treatmen... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
You : You have 2 basic options for achieving another pregnancy: surgical sterilization reversal and in vitro fertilization (ivf). I agree with dr loret de m... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Yes, : Yes, you may be able to get pregnant again but the first question is how? (tubal reversal or ivf) and how likely? (your age is the most important). Y... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Yes, but: If you are certain that you know when you ovulated then the chance of pregnancy from sex 5d earlier is low but not 0%. The day of ovulation is difficu... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
It : It is possible for rh positive parents to have and rh negative child. You each have 2 genes for rh. Rh is a dominant gene which means that if each of ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
You : You have 2 basic options for achieving another pregnancy: surgical sterilization reversal and in vitro fertilization (ivf). You need to seek care from... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Sorry, only IVF: If you had your tubes removed and not cut then you can only do ivf. I think you should make sure you know exactly what the surgery was because sometim... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
Abn sperm, Diabetes: Diabetes like any serious medical problem can affect the sperm. There can be other reasons and the diabetes may not be the problem. I like to think ab... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Keith Blauer
Dec 2, 2012
I  whole heartedly endorse  Dr Michael Opsahl.  I have known Dr Opsahl since he was on the faculty of the REI Fellowshp for the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr Opsahl consistently provides excellent responses on AVVO.Com. His answers are chock full of helpful information and his recommendations are right on target.
Dr Opsahl is an excellent and experienced physician who I have personally known since 1994 when he was in the military. I recommend him without reservations
HealthTap member
Thank you. I am 32 and he 52. Being his age and having already 6 kids, he is more keen for IVF twins as his ideal as he would really like the babies to have a sibling and by having two at once means h...Read More
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Thank goodness! I was afraid to admit my error to my doctor. Was afraid I was risking cervical cancer or something by not letting a natural process take place. Now I understand that the bleeding while...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I was considering going the illegal and unhealthy route but you helped convince me not to. You very well may have saved me from death.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, SC
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

National Naval Medical Center

Awards

Washington State Magazine, Top Doc (2009-2011)
Host Award for best clinical paper. Opsahl MS, Robins ED, O’Connor DM, Fritz MA. Sonographic Characteristics of Endometrial and Follicular Development in Serial Clomiphene Citrate-Induced Cycles. Armed Forces District Meeting of ACOG, 11/1994
Award for best paper by a resident (1 of 3). Gherman RB, Opsahl MS, Leiberman R, O’Connor DM.. The impact of surgical pretreatment with leuprolide acetate on cellularity and mitotic count in leiomyomata pathology specimens. Armed Forces District Meeting of ACOG, 11/1994

Affiliations

Poma Fertility
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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